Community Members Help Develop City Center Vision during Open House Meeting

More than 100 community members visited the Public Open House meeting at City Hall yesterday to give their input on the City Center Development project. The focus of the event was the proposal to include a Performing Arts Center and Meeting Space in the project. Members of the master development team were on hand to discuss the scope of these items and to receive ideas and feedback directly from the people who will ultimately use these facilities.

You can still submit your thoughts to the Mayor, City Council and master developers using the online submission form on the Performing Arts Center page.

City of Sandy Springs Takes Next Step in Selection of City Center Master Planner

SANDY SPRINGS (June 18, 2014)  – The City of Sandy Springs today announced it has selected Carter/Selig Enterprises (Carter/Selig) as its proposed Master Developer partner for Phase I of City Center development.  Carter/Selig was among four finalists reviewed by the City as part of a two-part process, which began in January 2014 with a Request for Qualifications and the subsequent Request for Proposals and interviews conducted this spring.

“The selection committee did an excellent job in not only looking at what was in front of us, but also taking the time for due diligence validating our desires against expectations,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul. “With Carter/Selig, their depth of experience and approach in creating value for its customers will provide a strong partnership for the City.”

In reviewing proposals, the evaluation committee weighed carefully how proposed development concepts aligned with the goals, visions and intent described in the City Center Master Plan. In presenting its recommendation, the Committee cited several strengths favoring Carter/Selig:

·       Carter/Selig presented a cohesive team within a simple organization with clear lines of authority and accountability.

·       Carter and Selig firms are two of the oldest and most successful, long-term real estate developers/owners in the region, demonstrating significant experience as a team.

·       Carter/Selig demonstrated flexibility in approach to uses and density.

·       Carter/Selig presented a comprehensive approach for program management and the most competitive fee of all participants.

·       Carter/Selig demonstrated a broad range of recent public-private partnership development experience, with Columbus Commons and Cincinnati River Front projects set forth as two examples.

During its June 17, 2014 meeting, the Sandy Springs City Council authorized the City Manager to enter into a letter of intent with Carter/Selig and begin a 90-day confirmation period in which the Master Plan and project programming requirements are outlined in more finalized detail.

“This project begins a transformation of the Roswell Road corridor.  With opportunity comes responsibility,” added Paul. “This 90-day period will enable the City, along with our Master Developer partner, architect, landscape architect as well as the community, to come to consensus on a final vision for City Center.  It’s a big responsibility and an exciting time ahead.”

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City Installs Temporary Lawn

The City added a lawn this week to help with erosion control until construction begins on the site of the former Target building. The field will be used for sports team practices during the week by advance registration through the Sandy Springs Recreation and Parks Department. On the weekends, the City Green will be open to the public.

Transportation Infrastructure the Topic of Conversation at Community Meeting

The Sandy Springs City Center Master Plan community meeting held yesterday evening, focused on transportation infrastructure. The event kicked-off with a presentation given by Ben Carlson of Goody Clancy.

After the presentation, community-members broke off into three discussion areas: The first area was dedicated to road development in the City Center, the second area was dedicated to proposed cycling and walkability initiatives, while the third area was dedicated to property usage and zoning.

Discussions were lively as community-members voiced their views on how to best develop different sections of the City Center. A popular topic of conversation was an area of green-space proposed at the site of the former Target property, which is currently owned by the City.

Community Members Help Define Character of Downtown Development through Visual Preference Survey

With a series of broad concepts in place for the Sandy Springs City Center Master Plan, Goody Clancy once again sought the assistance of the Sandy Springs community to help define what the look and character of private development in the Downtown area should be. During a public meeting held last week, community-members took part in a Visual Preference Survey, in which they rated over 100 images of retail, business and residential properties. Once the survey was completed, the participants broke into nine smaller groups and discussed each of the images in detail. The information gathered during the meeting will be used by Goody Clancy in the development of ordinance recommendations for City. Through ordinances, the City will be able to ensure that private developments fit within the scope of the Master Plan.

If you missed the October 4 Visual Preference Survey, you can take part online.